PERSONAL SPACES FOR WOMEN
How to create a room of your own!
After years of raising kids and having your life revolve around work, meals, schedules, soccer games, Little League, dance lessons, and swim meets, it’s time for you to make your own life - one that’s filled with self-exploration, time, and (most importantly) space. With the demands of a busy calendar, work, and family, it’s never been more important for a woman to carve out her own time in the day and to create a personal space for herself; a space that’s private and reflective of her personality and style.
In 1997, author and designer, Chris Casson Madden introduced a decorating book that spoke to generations of women, “A Room of Her Own". Included in this book were hundreds of photos of personal spaces and tips from famous women on how they carved out their own private oasis from their day and from their home. In the introduction to her new book, Chris says, "I have discovered that as much as we revel in the hard-won victories that have given us new freedoms in pursuing careers and in creating loving relationships, many of us long to find the time in a busy schedule to relax and refresh ourselves, body and spirit. I firmly believe that in order to give back to our relationships, careers, families, and passions, we must pull in for short moments to take care of ourselves, then we can return to the people and places of our lives renewed, refreshed, and ready to continue the drama of our days with all the joys, sorrows, pleasures, and stresses that go with it."
Since the beginning of time, women from all walks of life have created for themselves a diversity of personal spaces that provide them the quiet and solitude needed to restore their souls each day. Personal spaces are the special places that women have created as retreats from their busy everyday routines from sacred sanctuaries within their homes to working sanctuaries, to peaceful retreats for reading and respite. This week, I introduce you to three such personal spaces that I have helped clients carve out of unlikely places within their homes.
The spare bedroom becomes a productive office refuge.
This home is nestled in the hills of Colorado Springs’ Westside within walking distance of the Sunbird Restaurant. It sits perched on the Cliffside with incredible view of the city lights below and the Front Range to the west. It’s a modest sized town home in a breathtaking location. When our homeowner decided she no longer desired to be in the office on a daily basis, we needed to be creative to create a personal “working sanctuary” as Madden calls it. This converted bedroom is a warm and moody space with its Bordeaux colored walls and hand hewn wood floors. The furniture reflects an appreciation for fine furniture, organization and structure, and accessories that are personal reminders of life’s important moments – family photos and treasured mementoes.
Stolen moments in a Santa Fe inspired retreat.
In her Santa Fe inspired adobe home on Manitou Springs’ Westside, Hope Mena gravitates to her sitting room that’s part of her master bath retreat. “I relax and consider in this room. I read and enjoy the Colorado outdoors in this room. It’s the one room in our home that feeds my soul and allows me a quiet time to reflect on the day’s activities and rekindle my spirit after the turmoil’s of my job,” says Hope of her adobe refuge.
Dining Nook to Meditation Nook
The sun is streaming in, the coffee is warm, the music is playing, and this is my place to relax,” says Mary Fagnant “While it wasn’t originally intended as a “personal space”, it’s certainly become that space for me.” What you can see in the picture is the panoramic view allowing the great outdoors in. What you can’t see in the picture is how we carved this space out of a kitchen/great room with an abundance of ample seating for times when entertaining is desired instead of privacy, and the intimacy that one feels when they walk into the space to be greeted by an assortment of treasured family heirlooms and photos.
As women, we just naturally burn the candle at both ends (and sometimes in the middle). Every woman deserves “A Place of Her Own”, whether it’s for scrap booking or sewing, working or relaxing, yoga or reading. Your personal space needs to be just that – your space. It needs to reflect your personal style and include the things that you love or interest you. It can be flea market finds or designer pieces. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. You don’t have to have a lot of room. What you do need to have is the desire to create a space of your own and the courage to carve out a quiet place designed just for you!
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